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Procedure - SMART Pill

Are you experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, nausea, constipation, or vomiting on a regular basis? These symptoms may be caused by a motility disorder, which is a condition that interferes with healthy movement of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and the contents within it. These conditions could include gastroparesis or chronic constipation. Ogden Clinic Gastroenterology offers patients an innovative testing option, SMART Pill, to diagnose conditions of the GI tract.

The Benefits of SMART Pill

The SMART Pill is a comfortable and convenient procedure that is less invasive than traditional GI tests. There is no exposure to radiation and patients are able to return to their normal routine fairly quickly, so there is virtually no down-time. The SMART Pill is the size of a vitamin, making it easy to swallow. You should not feel pain or discomfort while swallowing the pill or while it moves through the GI tract. The procedure will allow your gastroenterologist to get a complete profile of your GI tract with one test.

How It Works

A SMART Pill is a capsule used to measure pH, temperature, and pressure as it passes through the body and GI tract of a patient. To begin, you will go to your doctor’s office to take the SMART Pill capsule. You will be given a SmartBar meal bar to eat and you will then swallow the capsule, which will transmit data to a recorder. You will need to fast for six hours after swallowing the capsule, but otherwise you can return to your normal routine.

Over the next 3 to 5 days, you will wear the recorder at all times, except while you are bathing and sleeping. Before going to sleep, you can place the recorder on a bedside table or under your pillow. By the end of the day 5, you will naturally pass the capsule during a bowel movement. Once this happens you will need to return the recorder to your doctor, so they can analyze the data, form a diagnosis, and recommend a treatment plan.

If you are suffering from uncomfortable GI symptoms like nausea and constipation, it is important to speak with an Ogden Clinic specialist in Utah to see if a SMART Pill test is appropriate for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


Egan, Stacie, FNP-C
6028 S. Ridgeline Drive
Ogden, UT
801-475-3380

Vandersteen, Joshua, DO
6028 S. Ridgeline Drive
Ogden, UT
801-475-3380